Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate, is naturally found in many biological tissues and fluids, but more abundantly in articular cartilage and synovial fluids. Discovered in 1934, Karl Meyer and John Palmer isolated for the first time a glycosaminoglycan (GAG) from the vitreous humor of the bovine eye and named it “hyaluronic acid” (derived from hyaloid [vitreous] and uronic acid). The term “hyaluronan” was introduced in 1986 to conform to polysaccharide nomenclature.
Hyaluronic acid substantially declines as we age: it helps skin stretch and flex and reduces wrinkles and lines. Hyaluronic acid is also proven to help wounds heal faster and reduce scarring. Hyaluronic acid is also a natural humectant, drawing in and holding moisture to itself at an incredible rate.